Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of world rugby, the New Zealand fly-half Daniel William Carter retired from international rugby in 2015 after a glittering career in the famous All Blacks jersey.
Born and bred in the tiny country town of Southbridge in the Canterbury province, between his first cap in 2003 and his last appearance in the triumphant 2015 Rugby World Cup final, Carter played 112 tests for the All Blacks, winning the IRB world player of the year award on three occasions, in 2005, 2012 and 2015. The first player in history to reach 1500 points in international rugby, he holds the world record as the highest scorer of all time, with an incredible total of 1598 points for the All Blacks, far ahead of his closest rival, the Englishman Jonny Wilkinson (1246).
One of only three New Zealanders to have played in four Rugby World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015) Carter is a highly skilled all-rounder, able to play either at fly-half or inside centre. As proof of his all-round value on the field, in the World Cup final at Twickenham he not only scored 19 of his team’s 34 points, including a crucial drop-goal and a 50-metre penalty goal in the dying phases. But he also had the highest work rate on defense, putting in even more tackles than his illustrious team-mate Richie McCaw.
Unsurprisingly elected best player of the World Cup final, Carter claimed the same honour eight months later with an equally impressive performance in the colours of Racing 92, the French club he joined in November 2015. Guiding his new team to their first Championship title since 1990, kicking five goals from six attempts and scoring 17 of his team’s 29 points, Carter was once again designated ‘Man of the Match’, in the French club final against Toulon.
Dan Carter is married to Honor, a former New Zealand hockey international. They have two sons, Marco and Fox.
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